Kimi: We got it wrong


Kimi Raikkonen was left high and dry in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix with the team getting their strategy wrong in the rain.

While his team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed to prevent another Mercedes front-row lock out with an excellent P2, Raikkonen was knocked out in Q2 after the heavens opened up.

With the rain threatening at the start of Q2, there was a big scramble for track position as drivers wanted to get a good timed lap in before the conditions deteriorated.

Unfortunately Raikkonen found himself in the middle of several drivers and his lap was only good enough for P11, resulting in him failing to make it through to Q3.

Although disappointed, the 2007 World Champion was pretty philosophical about the incident.

"We got it wrong. We should have been out earlier but that is how it is," he said. 

"The lap time is there or thereabouts so we expected to be strong in qualifying. We finally find some speed and this happens, that's part of the game but it is disappointing."

He added: "We will see what happens in the race, but it was wrong time, simple as that. I tried to overtake [Sauber's Marcus Ericsson] because he was in front of me, I couldn’t slow down because there were people pushing me forward. In my mind, we just got the timing wrong."